Friday, July 01, 2011

ABC Family's Return of Melissa & Joey and Premiere of State of Georgia Off to Solid Start; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 4, 2011)

ABC Family's new Comedy Wednesday line-up premiered to decent ratings on Wednesday. Melissa & Joey returned with all-new episodes and surged over last fall's finale in all demos. It was Wednesday's number one primetime cable telecast in Females 12-34 and ranked number one across all cable at 8:00pm in target categories. And the series premiere of new comedy State of Georgia is ABC Family's number two comedy launch ever in Adults 18-49. It ranked as cable's number one program in the half-hour in target 18-34, 18-49 and 12-34 demos.
Melissa & Joey aired opposite NBC's finale of The Voice, but the summer premiere delivered the series' number two telecast of all time in Teens 12-17 (310,000 viewers), ranked as Wednesday's No. 1 telecast in Prime in Females 12-34 (639,000 viewers), and was the No. 1 cable telecast in its time period in Adults 18-34 (518,000 viewers), Women 18-34 (391,000 viewers), Women 18-49 (593,000 viewers) and Females 12-34. It placed among Wednesday's Top 5 prime cable telecasts in Women 18-34 (No. 3), Women 18-49 (No. 4) and Viewers 12-34 (No. 5). And The summer premiere outperformed its fall finale (10/26/10) across the board, including by 18% in Adults 18-34 (518,000 vs. 439,000 viewers), by 29% in Women 18-34 (391,000 vs. 304,000 viewers), by 18% in Women 18-49 (593,000 vs. 504,000 viewers), by 23% in Viewers 12-34 (829,000 vs. 672,000 viewers) and by 44% in Females 12-34 (639,000 vs. 445,000 viewers). And it outperformed its episodes to date (8/7-10/26/10) average by double-digit percent margins in Women 18-34 (+15% - 391,000 vs. 341,000 viewers), Viewers 12-34 (+17% - 829,000 vs. 708,000 viewers) and Females 12-34 (+29% - 639,000 vs. 496,000 viewers). The summer premiere averaged 1.54 million total viewers.
Meanwhile, the series premiere of State of Georgia followed and also against an extremely competitive landscape that included the finale of NBC's The Voice," ABC Family's newest original series debuted as the network's No. 2 comedy launch of all time in Adults 18-49 (737,000 viewers), behind only last summer's launch of Melissa & Joey, and easily ranked No. 1 across all cable in the half hour in Adults 18-34 (458,000 viewers), Women 18-34 (345,000 viewers), Women 18-49 (553,000 viewers), Viewers 12-34 (720,000 viewers) and Females 12-34 (571,000 viewers). The Raven Symone comedy ranked among Wednesday's Top 5 cable programs in Females 12-34 (No. 4) and Women 18-34 (No. 5). The series premiere averaged 1.32 million total viewers, holding a good chuck of its lead-in ratings.
Watch week two of both comedies next Wednesday starting at 8/7 central! It's good comedy fun with great casts and original comedy airings in the summer if a good thing!


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of July 4-8, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, July 4, 2011
  • Mike O'Malley (Yes, Dear) - Watch Mike on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric drops by Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Catch Jennifer on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Niecy Nash (The Cleveland Show/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Tune in to see Niecy on a May repeat of Lopez Tonight at 12am on TBS.
  • Shia LaBeouf (Even Stevens) - Shia appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny) - Fran is a guest on a repeat of The Gayle King Show at 10am on OWN.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends) - Lisa stops by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly)) - Catch Billy on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Ellie Kemper (The Office) - Watch Ellie on an all-new Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada drops by on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Tune in to see Jennifer on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm.
  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin is a guest on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings. Zookeeper opens in theaters on July 8.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Catch Betty on a repeat of The Gayle King Show at 10am on OWN.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Watch Betty on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Louis C.K. (Louie) - Catch Louis on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm.
  • Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Larry drops by LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Raven Symone (State of Georgia/That's So Raven/The Cosby Show) - Raven visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin continues to make the rounds on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Anthony Anderson (All About the Andersons/The Bernie Mac Show) - Anthony appears on a repeat from April on Lopez Tonight at 12am on TBS.
  • Jennifer Anniston (Friends) - Jennifer stops by LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • John O'Hurley (Seinfeld) - John visits The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) - Kevin drops by The Mo'nique Show at 11pm on BET.
  • Jenna Elfman (Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg)) - Jenna guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
Friday, July 8, 2011
  • Molly Shannon (Kath & Kim) - Catch Molly on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Watch Tom on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm. Larry Crowne is now in theaters.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason appears on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show/The Ropers) - Jeffrey is a guest The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin talks about his movie, Zookeeper, on Today on NBC between 10-11am.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (June)

Parks and Recreation - Season Seven - The Farewell Season The Facts of Life - Season Six Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Series The Odd Couple - The Complete Series Two and a Half Men - The Complete Twelfth and Final Season

06/02 - Parks and Recreation - Season Seven - The Farewell Season
06/02 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series
06/02 - Soap - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
06/02 - The Abbott and Costello Show - The Ultimate Collection
06/09 - The Facts of Life - Season Six
06/16 - The Cosby Show - Season 7 (Mill Creek)
06/16 - The Cosby Show - Season 8 (Mill Creek)
06/16 - The Cosby Show - Seasons 7 & 8 (Mill Creek)
06/16 - Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Series
06/16 - The Odd Couple - The Complete Series
06/16 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Twelfth and Final Season
06/16 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Series
06/23 - George Lopez - The Complete Fourth Season
06/23 - Workaholics - Season Five (Blu-ray)
06/30 - The Donna Reed Show - Season 3 (MPI Home Video)
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, July 1


The Middle - "Valentine's Day VI" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Valentine’s Day aims its sights on the Heck kids when a nervous Brick finds out that his quirky girlfriend Cindy wants him to kiss her on the special day, Darrin asks Frankie and Mike to help out with an exciting scavenger hunt he’s putting together for Sue, and Axl begins to question his girlfriend Devin’s request that he not give her anything for what she considers to be a lame tradition.

The Goldbergs - "Just Say No" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
As the presidential election approaches, Erica finds herself strongly supporting candidate Walter Mondale. After learning Beverly always votes for whomever Murray tells her to vote for, Erica sets out to educate her mother and goes horribly wrong when Beverly favors another candidate. Meanwhile, Barry wants to appear on an athletic game show to prove his prowess after losing a wrestling match.

Modern Family - "Rash Decisions" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Phil is starting to feel the teenage cold shoulder from Luke, and with Andy hanging around a lot recently as his apprentice, he easily steps in as his new right hand man. Meanwhile, Gloria and the doctors suspect that Joe might be allergic to Stella which leaves Jay in a very tough predicament, and Mitchell is doing some freelance legal work at Jay’s closet company and working with Claire becomes a very enlightening experience for the both of them.

black-ish - "Martin Luther Skiing Day" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)

On the way to the Johnson family’s annual MLK holiday ski trip, Dre realizes his children may not know the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so he decides to inundate them with Dr. King history facts. Once they arrive at the ski lodge, Dre finds a unique way to prepare Junior for a real world that includes intolerance.


Melissa & Joey "The Parent Trap" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mel's father and Joe's mother hit it off better than Mel would like; Lennox and Zander explore being ``friends with benefits.''

Baby Daddy - "Wheeler War" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Ben tries to sabotage Ross and Riley's relationship by turning his charming adversary into a Wheeler; Bonnie attempts to join the boys' poker game.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 29) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, July 1

  • Adrian Grenier (Entourage) - Watch Adrian on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Aasif Mandvi (The Brink) - Aasif appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program/Just Shoot Me!) - Brian is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Arden Myrin (Working/Suburgatory) - Arden will be on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Maya visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy talks about the new Pixar film Inside Out on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicle Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette appears on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti chats on a repeat of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT and on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
  • Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Mario is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Mark Feuerstein (Good Morning, Miami/Fired Up) - Mark appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada talks about Magic Mike XL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island) - Steve Harvey sets up Dawn on a date on a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM Hits 1.